Following the epic disaster that was The Love Guru, Mike Myers is going back to well and is writing a fourth Austin Powers movie with Baby Mama‘s Mike McCullers. According to Nikki Finke, the story will be “very personal with a father and son theme loosely based on his own life.” That’s right, the story will focus on the father son relationship of Dr. Evil and his son Scott Evil, played in the films by Seth Green. I always found Dr. Evil to be the most interesting aspect of the series. But I think they have played out the character in the two sequels, and I’m very skeptical that Myers can create a funny fourth film without having to resort to cheap laughs like tons of celebrity cameos.
No studio deal is in place, but it’s a sequel and I’m sure New Line/Warner Bros will quickly give it a greenlight. But the real question is: has Mike Myers lost it? And more importantly to the movie studios, is Myers still a box office draw? I think the Austin Powers brand still has enough juice to attact audiences, at least one last time.
Okay may-be not. But Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunited as Wayne and Garth for the first time in probably 15 years. The duo appeared in a new Wayne’s World segment on the MTV Movie Awards last night. They counted down the top 10 porno names based on hit movies in 2008. Watch the clip below.
I know Wayne’s World 2 was pretty bad, but watching this makes me wonder why Mike Myers is making even crappier-looking movies (ie The Love Guru) instead of Wayne’s World 3. And besides, what is Dana Carvey doing these days? But that also brings up the question, do kids these days even know who Wayne and Garth are?
Â Earlier this month, Slashfilm reluctantly posted its first item involving the supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Rumors were spreading via Boston.com that she was being sought for the female lead in an unannounced Austin Powers 4, and was currently reading the script, meeting with Myers et al. As with many things in life, when something seems off, you should call up Seth Green aka Scott Evil for a sarcastic brush of the hand and that’s exactly what MTV did. Here’s how Green summed up the rumors…
“Giselleâ€¦the model??” he exclaimed.
Green went on to say that there’s no script and that any recent AP4 “news” probably arrives from “off-hand” quotes attributed to Mike Myers during press rounds. He also points out that a fragmented New Line probably doesn’t have a sequel on the corporate brain right now. Grooooovy Fantastic news. Now if Green would only gave a loud pfffft to The Love Guru being a reality and confirm that it’s just another schtick-laden napmare, we’d be in the clear.
Those new softcore teen ads for Gossip Girl have introduced your mag-loving aunt to “OMFG” (unless she reads EW, where it’s the same image with “OMG”) but that acronym is not appropriate for Austin Powers 4. I’m going to suggest PGN (please god no for EW) and PFGN for everyone else who cannot withstand hearing “Oh, behave!” slither out of Mike Myers‘s signature character’s toothy piehole 400 more times. Boston.com reports that a script is currently out to model Gisele Bundchen for the role of the female lead in Austin Powers 4. Moreover, the site reports that her agent will soon discuss the deal with Myers and director Jay Roach (Austin Powers 1-3, Meet the Fockers). Trustworthy? Meh. Scary? Yes.
Nearly a year ago we reported that Myers was considering a solo Dr. Evil flick. With a virtual nickelodeon of superheroes floating into and out of the multiplex over the years (and for the years ahead), a Dr. Evil spin-off has potential to tap into and aggressively spoof the neglected psyche of today’s cheesy, ubiquitous supervillian. This movie could work, especially if Austin Powers was killed off in the first 10 minutes, leaving Evil and his heir to wither in midlife and quarterlife crises respectively. But Austin + Gisele + the word “randy” = PFGN. Three films more than did the kitsch trick, thank you.
Discuss: Is it just us? Is Austin Powers 4 a groooovy idea? Would you rather see Dr. Evil: An Evil Movie, or see Myers put these two characters and their New Line franchise on ice for 10 more years?
Hey guys, I’m still in Austin Texas at South By South West, but /Film Reader Dustin R is in Las Vegas at ShoWest, and sent us this report from the DreamWorks/Paramount event: ——-
Hey you guys,
I was able to attend the ShoWest event last night at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV to see a pre-release version of Kung Fu Panda. You probably heard about it, and it wasn’t that big enough to post on the site. But this mini-event was pretty amazing, if gave the public probably a few hundred people along with industry reps to see roughly 95% of Kung Fu Panda in it’s completed form. The film looks brilliant; they really pushed it all the way this time, although some things seem to need a little tweaking here and there. The voice acting is great, Jack Black does a great job as well as Dustin Hoffman. But the secondary characters voiced by Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and David Cross don’t have much dialogue in the film, which makes their characters feel empty and lifeless in the voice acting and animation part.
This movie is really great though, they nailed the Kung Fu part by fusing a dash of japanese animation for the intro, and adding brilliant kung fu moves throughout the movie which is amazing to see when everything is so fluent and animated.
Another great thing about this event is that before they showed Kung Fu Panda, Jeffrey Katzenberg showed up to give a brief introduction about the small past of their animation movies. With that said, he brought up the movie Shrek, and without further announcement Mr. Mike Myers came out on stage to talk about his movie the Love Guru which stars Mike Myers, Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake. And as soon as Mike Myers brought up Jessica’s name, their she came out on stage, looking pregnant and gorgeous as always.
He showed a few clips of his movie which I have to say was sort of disappointing in my mind. All the clips had humor in them, but the jokes didn’t seem to hold up, which is rare for a Mike Myers film. It seemed like a cheap comedy film. But we still have several months before its released so who knows what post production might do to the film. Although it is funny to see Justin Timberlake as a spanish person.
If you guys want anymore 411 on the special event hit me up.
Paramount has released the movie trailer for the upcoming Mike Myers comedy The Love Guru. This looks about as funny as the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy, Don’t Mess With the Zohan. And both of the aforementioned movies make the upcoming Will Ferell/John C Reilly comedy Step Brothers look like a masterpiece.
Jessica Alba fills her quota as the token good looking romanic interest, and Justin Timberlake tries his SNL-style comedy on the big screen. Watch the trailer and please tell me what you think in the comments below.
You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on MovieFone. The Love Guru hits theaters on June 20th 2008.
Discuss: What do you think of The Love Guru movie trailer?
The first poster for Mike Myers‘s The Love Guru has arrived to tickle your funny bone like a jumbo-sized mustache. Except, if you’re like me, you already find yourself thinking about this June release, the schtick involved and the oncoming marketing blitz and your mind turns into an incurable rash. Myers stars as Pitka, an American left in India as a tyke, thus explaining his Rasputin-like appearance, a knee-slappin’ accent, and his horny nature. Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Verne Troyer aka Mini Me, Ben Kingsley (Ghandi 2, much?) and hockey co-star! Can we just cast Mini Me in a remake of The Impossible Kid and get it over with? View the full-on kooky-horoscope of a poster and its tagline after the jump…
USA Today published the first photo (seen above) of Mike Myers and Jessica Alba in The Love Guru. I’ve heard from people in the know that this film might have huge potential. However, I’m not sure that I believe that to be true. One thing is for sure, Myers looks very scary in this new get-up.
Official Plot Synopsis: In the comedy, “The Love Guru” (MIKE MYERS), Pitka is an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus. He moves back to the U.S. to seek fame and fortune in the world of self-help and spirituality. His unorthodox methods are put to the test when he must settle a rift between Toronto Maple Leafs star hockey player Darren Roanoke (ROMANY MALCO) and his estranged wife. After the split, Roanoke’s wife starts dating L.A. Kings star Jacques Grande (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE) out of revenge, sending her husband into a major professional skid â€“ to the horror of the teams’ owner Jane Bullard (JESSICA ALBA) and Coach Cherkov (VERNE TROYER). Pitka must return the couple to marital nirvana and get Roanoke back on his game so the team can break the 40-year-old “Bullard Curse” and win the Stanley Cup.
I’m not a huge Austin Powers fan. I know, I’m in the minority. But the one character I always got a huge kick out of was Dr. Evil. He was a perfect parody of all the great super-villains of all time. In my opinion, he was the reason why the Austin Powers trilogy was so successful. Now word comes in from our friends at FirstShowing that a fourth Austin Powers may be in the works, and it may focus completely on Dr. Evil!
“There is one that we have an idea about. The only thing I will say is that it’s entirely from Dr. Evil’s point of view. It would be the first of his trilogy,” revealed star Mike Myers. “That was a joke. I just love the bluster of saying that it’s a trilogy. Yes, it’s a twenty-five part series. No it’s not. I’m just joking.”
It doesn’t sound like anything is greenlit, but I’m sure New Line would jump at the opportunity for another Austin Powers film. Think of the possibilities that could be made by showing a movie from Dr. Evil’s point of view. Endless laughs.